Fund Watch

A New Hedge Against Rising Rates

When the Fed begins exiting its bond-buying program, it could put upward pressure on Treasury rates. Here's a new way to prepare your portfolio for the move.

ETFs to Play a Real Estate Recovery

Real estate investments are rising in popularity as a combination of strong fundamentals, near-record low mortgage rates and a drop in foreclosures supports the notion that housing is on a road to recovery.

Homebuilder ETFs Take a Hit

Homebuilder exchange traded funds tumbled this week following mixed housing data and Toll Brothers’ earnings miss.  

Playing Precious Metals Through ETFs

Step aside gold, its platinum and palladium’s time to shine. The two metals are off to a strong start this year, sending exchange-traded funds indexed to the precious metals to 17-month highs.

BB10 Fails to Boost ETFs

Many ETFs with Research in Motion among their top holdings failed to get a significant boost last week as the struggling Canadian smartphone maker unveiled two versions of its delayed BlackBerry 10 phone. 

A Banner Year for ETFs

Investors poured a record-breaking $191 billion into the U.S. exchange-traded-fund industry in 2012, a 61% increase from 2011 and a 13% rise from the previous record of $169 billion set four years ago.  

ETFs for the Dividend Rush

Those looking to invest in dividend-paying companies can allocate money to dividend-focused exchange-traded funds. 

Superstorm Sandy Hits ETFs

The rush to sell insurance stocks in preparation for Hurricane Sandy pushed prices lower, triggering a fall in exchange traded funds with top holdings in property and casualty insurers.

Trouble for Tech ETFs

Despite a bullish start to the year, tech-based ETFs are struggling to keep hold of their gains after a drop in Apple stock, and Google's surprise third-quarter earnings miss.

ETFs Take a Bite Out of Apple

Not all investors looking to bet on Apple’s success can afford to buy shares at $700 a pop. Alternative investments offer retail investors and the general public a cheaper way to play one of the top-performing stocks.

Playing QE3 with ETFs

Investors in gold and silver exchange-traded funds get a big boost from QE3, as the metals move inversely to the price of the U.S. dollar.

Homebuyers Help Exchange-Traded Funds

Homebuilder exchange-traded funds are trending higher this week as the housing market proves to be a bright spot in the sluggish economic recovery.

Drought Drives ETFs

Commodity focused exchange-traded funds have been on a run since June, offering investors a hedge against rising food prices. 

Gold ETFs Lose Shine

Gold has always been considered a safe haven in a volatile trading environment, but gold ETFs might be losing their luster.   

2012 Flows Off to Great Start for ETFs

The global exchange-traded funds industry is off to its best start in history, posting record inflows of more than $100 billion during the first half of 2012, a 16% increase from one year ago.